VIFF Books 'Da 5 Bloods' Composer Terence Blanchard for Keynote Speech

The Oscar nominee and six-time Grammy winner will speak at the festival's virtual AMP event
VIFF Books 'Da 5 Bloods' Composer Terence Blanchard for Keynote Speech
With this year's Vancouver International Film Festival taking place in-person and online through VIFF Connect, organizers have secured Grammy-winning and Oscar-nominated composer Terence Blanchard for the fest's AMP Summit event, which will explore the role of art and music in film.

Alongside the BlaKkKlansman and Da 5 Bloods composer, the weekend Summit event — taking place from October 2 to 4 — will also see a masterclass by Stranger Things music supervisor, Nora Felder; as well as Q&As, panel discussions and showcases featuring Morgan Rhodes, music supervisor for Dear White People; Janet Lopez, music supervisor for The Twilight Zone; Edge of the Knife composer, Kinnie Starr, and many more.

"At the core of VIFF AMP is a sense of responsibility to the art of creation," AMP Summit co-curator Rob Calder said in a release. "The Music in Film Summit is a place for career development as well as an opportunity for industry insiders and outsiders to innovate and to learn how to perpetuate respect within filmmaking. We provide not just networking opportunities, but the space to think broadly about how a person's approach to their work has an impact on the world."

"Vancouver is the future: it is an international gateway to art and talent, and has an amazing production scene that is showcased in VIFF's global platform," added co-curator, Tony Scudellari.

VIFF AMP passes are on sale now for $45, while single-event tickets are available for $10. The summit will take place toward the end of VIFF's 2020 programming, which will also feature Totally Indie Day and VIFF Immersed, among other events.

The entire festival will take place from September 24 to October 7. 

See the full AMP lineup and schedule of events here and visit the official VIFF 2020 website for information about additional programming.

Announcing the #VIFFAMP 2020 Keynote: Terence Blanchard. Over four decades, Terence Blanchard has been one of the most iconic musical voices in the world. From his start in 1980 as a trumpeter with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra to his latest collaboration with Spike Lee (2020's DA 5 BLOODS), @terence_blanchard has been an icon in the worlds of jazz, theatre, film and television. . Blanchard has composed the scores to many iconic films, including MALCOLM X, EVE'S BAYOU, and LOVE & BASKETBALL. In 2018, he received an Oscar nomination for Spike Lee's BLACKKKLANSMAN. . We are honored to welcome Terence Blanchard as the Keynote speaker at this year's #VIFFAMP Music in Film Summit. Moderated by @variety journalist and editor Jazz Tangcay. Join the keynote live stream on Oct. 2 at 5:30pm PDT. 🎟️ Tickets $10 // Included with a #VIFFAMP pass ($45). ➡️ Swipe right to view more of the #VIFFAMP summit line-up, happening online over Oct. 3–4, including a masterclass with #StrangerThings music supervisor Nora Felder // #DearWhitePeople & #Selma music supervisor Morgan Rhodes // #QueenSugar composer & recording artist Meshell N'Degeocello. Passes on sale now! . VIFF AMP is presented by @creativebcs @factorcanada @hellobc and supported by @music_bc

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